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Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
(Swedish proverb)
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
(Sicilian proverb)
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
(Elbert Hubbard)
You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
(Laurence J. Peter)
Friends are family you choose for yourself.

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Wednesday, 4th of August, 2004.
My most recent eating pattern:
  • orange juice/water in the morning
  • go to work, usually on my bike
  • jucy fruit for breakfast (I love grapes)
  • a salad for lunch
  • later, more fruit (bananas, apples, anything I wish for)
  • go back home
  • dinner: a salad, or a (raw) soup, or a (raw) flat bread with some topping
Thursday, 5th of August, 2004.
OK, I will embrace my transition and won't be too hard on myself. Guilt has got a paralyzing effect, it's best to avoid it.
I am munching on red apples this morning. Yum!
On Sunday, I dried my hair with a hair dryer. That made it straight. Then, after the birthday breakfast at the beach, we went for a walk. The wind blew, the rain rained, and my hair got all curly. I was told my hair looked beautiful! How will I ever reproduce that? I need the wind and rain for that!
Silly silly me! Only this week I learned that the childcare that Julia goes to, DOES cater for vegetarian needs. All these months I just was oblivious to it. I should have asked. Anyway, we had a little chat with Julia and explained to her why mum and dad do not want to eat meat. Interestingly, out of all the arguments and stories, only one really connected. It was the fact that "meat comes from animals"! Wow!

Monday, 9th of August, 2004.
I bought my first durian on Friday. I could not get one with some green/yellow/red color on it, but only all brown. The durian was from Tayland. I openned it on Saturday, breakfast time. Timing probably was not the best for me, because I prefer juicy fruit in the morning. The moment I openned it, the air filled with its "aroma". Both my children covered their noses, my son locked himself up in his room. I had quite some fun openning it, being poked, and learning about where the magical line is (the one that you should follow when openning the durian). Also, I had never seen a durian from inside before, so it was all an exciting adventure. It was a surprise to see its flesh, which to me looked like that of an animal. I found three seeds. I think that the durian was just a little bit overripe. But aren't we supposed to eat fruit that is very ripe? I placed the flesh in a bowl and had a go at it. A taste had some familiar tones in it, but I cannot really describe it. A bit like custard with garlic, with a little bit of onion. And, very very stinky. No less than my compost bin. I had a few spoonfuls, but could not eat anymore than that. I was really craving my grapes, which I like having every morning. I liked the taste, but it was just to heavy for me to have it for breakfast. I settled for my delicious dark grapes instead. Luke was excited about the taste of the durian. He loved it! He ate it all up. After it was all gone, I spent quite some time airing the rooms. Later on, when Luke was doing his yoga, the durian smell was coming out of his pores. We all agreed that it smelled like a fart (excuse me for this, but I always like to say the truth). I am buying another one next week! I can't say that I am addicted yet. Just on the way to it. I am fascinated by the uniqueness of the durian, its taste and smell, and the look of its flesh. I am happy to join the durian club.

Friday, 13th of August, 2004.
Smoothies, smoothies, smoothies! I am discovering them. My children's favourite is banana-strawberry-raspberry. Without water, I just serve it in bowls. Yum! And, juices, juices, juices! Apple with a hint of carrot, and apple with strawberries blended in, are two favourites.

Monday, 16th of August, 2004.
I entered 30/90 days raw challenge!!!

Tuesday, 24th of August, 2004.
I am working on reducing the frequency of me using shampoo when washing my hair. I have managed to reduce it to every 5th day. This was a challenge, because I have been using shampoo daily for a few years. So, I am very happy about that! Eventually, I want to stop using shampoo altogether and wash my hair with water only. Yesterday, my hair was very nice and soft, and curly. It looked beautiful, even though it wasn't washed for 4 days! I am getting there.

Monday, 30th of August, 2004.
I did it! Yay! Today is the first day I have given my children something better than ususal cornflakes-and-soya-milk. Instead, a delicious banana smoothie! The pattern is changing, at last!


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